The new piece, entitled Pony and suitable for solo work and group meetings, is an ideal addition to offices and public spaces
The world of work is in constant flux: today it requires significantly less space for paper and more flexible solutions for those working on a laptop. Munich-based studio Relvãokellermann is all too aware of the need for adaptability and has added a new piece – the Pony – to its collection for Bavarian office-furniture manufacturer gumpo.
“We believe office furniture should be adaptable in the sense of openness, meaning allowing a variety of possible uses and as transformable as possible, so that it can change in relation to contexts which are evolving,” explains Relvãokellermann’s Ana Relvão.
The Pony, a nifty and compact seat and table combo, comes in six vibrant hues and is predominantly upholstered (the fabric is made entirely from recycled plastic waste). Gumpo wanted to manufacture the design in-house as much as possible – its carpenters set to work, giving them the chance to practice their craftsmanship.
The design is made almost exclusively of wood, and much of the work is done by hand. The organic-looking outer shell is made of plywood and pressed into shape at the production site in Teisbach.
Even the pole is a tube made of several layers of veneer, which means that all the parts are coated with the same finish at the in-house paint shop. “The process is much more manual than we are used to, of course, but the result is worth it,” says Sebastian Waibel, managing director of gumpo.
The Pony is a versatile and relaxed piece that works in both public and private spaces. You can sit sideways or directly behind the table so that it can be used either as a side table or as a desk.
The round top can be rotated and as the Pony is on castors it is easy to move around for solo work or for group meetings.
“When designing new office furniture, we cannot predict exactly what will happen in the office environment,” adds Relvão. “But we can design pieces that can respond to contexts that are changing.”
Images courtesy of gumpo